Once you’re done and dusted with the hot cross buns for breakfast, roast lamb lunch and endless chocolate for afternoon tea, dinner and dessert (you know it), it’s time to move on to the cocktail scene —because honestly, what’s a 4-day holiday without a few fancy fusions thrown into the mix?
We’ve rounded up three eggs-traordinary cocktails that’ll give you that bunny-hopping edge and most certainly put you in the mood for any Easter shenanigans you have planned.
1) Prefer your Hot Cross Buns shaken or stirred?
Portobello Road Gin have come up with the first Hot Cross Bun-flavoured Martini — certainly bound to top that toasted buttered version. Bringing together two scrumptious institutions, the Hot Cross Bun and London Dry Gin, they’ve created the ultimate delight to devour at cocktail hour.
The ‘Not Cross Bun Gin Martini’ has been developed by distilling high strength alcohol with Hot Cross Buns to create a super concentrated essence which is then sprayed into a frozen glass. The cocktail is then served with a raisin-infused vermouth and garnished with a lemon cross to expand not only on flavour, but the Easter theme.
The ‘Not Cross Bun Gin Martini’ will be available to enjoy this Easter at Jason Atherton’s Blind Pig Bar in Soho, Portobello Star, Notting Hill across Easter weekend (Thursday 24th March – Tuesday 29th March) and other select bars across London.
Don’t want to head out? Make one yourself at home (or a cheeky few, rather…)
Not Cross Bun Martini
50mls Portobello Road Gin
12.5mls raisin-infused dry vermouth
Method: Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass which has been seasoned with Hot Cross Bun tincture.
Garnish with a lemon cross.
2) Cocktail Trading Company gets eggsperimental
Having just set up permanent residence in Brick Lane back in February, The Cocktail Trading Company are continuing their trail of success with the innovative team crafting some eggs-traordinary cocktails for Easter.
On offer for this long weekend only is the “Eggsperimental cocktail cup”, at both their Smithfield and new Brick Lane venues. The wonderfully amusing cocktail is made up of Breakfast Brandy, peach, blood orange, fresh tarragon and sparkling wine, then garnished with a touch of cheerio brittle. CTC are notorious for their edible garnishes, and this Easter version follows suit appropriately: the cocktail will feature an egg shell which has been filled with delicious creamy panna cotta. It’s a real cracking concoction for only £9. Beats any Cadbury crème egg we reckon.
Brick Lane: 68 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GQSmithfield: 50-52 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9EJ